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Went to the Dr.

Friday, July 19, 2013

I went to the GI Dr. today for a consult. Since i turned 50 years ago, my PCP has been after me to have a colonoscopy and I haven't yet. My pulmonologist has sent me to the GI specialist because I have heartburn and I guess it does trigger asthma. He has prescribed me Nexium for over 2 years, and yet I still get heartburn. Not all the time, occasionally, but I guess enough to concern him. I wonder why my PCP was not concerned about it.

I am going to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy done on August 9 at 10am. I am not looking forward to it. The nurse practitioner that I saw, Sharon, was very nice and thorough. She did a mini exam, and explained the procedures. She went over what will be done, the risks and what to expect. She gave me the opportunity to ask and questions and answered them. We went over my family history, which is alot, because I have a big family. I never knew there was so much cancer and heart disease in my family. emoticon I am so glad that I lost the weight and I am now eating healthier than I did. I still eat hot dogs and I still eat my Progresso Soups but not like I use to. Hot Dogs maybe 4 times a year, Progresso Soup on the average maybe 3x a month. I am sure to drink extra water when I do. Lot's of sodium and I know it, but they are good and a very good source of vegetables. You have to take the bad with the good. Moderation not deprivation. I love corn chowder. emoticon

While waiting in the waiting room I was talking to another patient. She has the lap band. I told her about sparkpeople and she joined right then on her computer. I didn't get the points though. She said she put in my ID. I don't care about that though. I helped someone. emoticon That made me feel good and really made my day. She was very impressed with the site and the trackers. I was called into the office and couldn't talk to her more. I wish this one time I wasn't called so fast. I hope she does well. She has already lost quite a bit of weight with the lapband, but says she is losing motivation. On the start page there was an article today on motivation, part I. I too, am losing it. I read Part I and Part II. I told her about the articles and how I found them interesting. She was looking them up when I was called. emoticon emoticon

I was telling Sharon, the nurse practiitioner, about sparkpeople because I said something about losing weight. I guess she was putting something in the computer and wasn't really listening and told me that I didn't need to lose weight. I told her that I had lost weight, went from 248 to 126.8 with SP. She asked me a bunch of questions, and put it into her computer. She said she was going to tell her patients about SP that needed to lose/gain weight or just get fit. She thanked me for telling her about It made me feel real good when she said You don't need to lose weight. After years of hearing Dr.'s tell me Lose weight, lose weight. When I mentioned being right on the cusp of healthy/overweight according to BMI--she said don't pay attention to BMI charts. They are not based on medical fact.

If anyone has had these procedures, how bad is it? I understand the prep is the pits. Eight Dulcolax tablets in one day. Isn't that laxative abuse. On top of that a whole bottle of Magnesium whatever it is? Then you have to starve for a whole day. You can't even have Slim-Fast drinks. How do you feel after the procedure? I imagine you are hungry, but when you eat does it go right through you because of all the laxatives that you took? Can you eat or does your throat hurt from the endoscopy? What advice would you give me? I am getting scared already. I want to cancel it already.

Today is Friday. Have a great, healthy, safe weekend. Stay cool.
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GETTINFIT-2014 7/29/2013 2:58PM

    I had a colonoscopy done last month. The worst part about the prep is that you have to drink 64 ounces in 45 minutes. I had trouble with the last 8 ounces. The rest is not big deal. When they give you the anesthesia, it's the best nap you will get :o)

I had an endoscopy done several years ago, and it was no big deal. My problem ended up being the organic coffee at work. They put me on prilosec, but when I stopped drinking the coffee for other reasons, my problems went away.

You will feel so much better after you've had it done.

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GABIBEAR 7/27/2013 1:25AM

    Hi Bonnie,

I see that everyone has already given you the 4-1-1 on the colonoscopy. I agree, don't cancel it. It is a good procedure to go through just to make sure everything is alright in your gut! I went through it a couple of years ago and it was well worth it! Just follow the directions and you'll do fine!

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GEORGE815 7/23/2013 4:22PM

    Good luck on your test August 9th!

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MRS_TOAD 7/22/2013 9:31AM

    While I can't give you info about the procedures, I'm so glad you were able to help another person by introducing them to Spark! Great job.

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MMMMMM4 7/21/2013 2:35AM

    What a great job of paying it foward. Who knows just how many people you have helped.
Will keep my fingers crossed for you on the 9th.
You have started doing a great job in taking care of yoursel, this is the next step so please dont cancel.

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JESSICABOOTY 7/20/2013 7:58PM

    Sweetie, do not cancel your colonoscopy for any reason whatsoever. That being said, here's how it works. I just had mine a little more than a week ago. The prep is not pleasant but just think about how good you'll feel to get a clean bill of health.

If you are doing the 2 day cleanse - take 2 bottles of magnesium citrate 2 nights before. Remember Milk of Magnesium? It's the same ingredient so it's mild.This will start the cleaning process. Still with no food on the next night take 2 dulcolax (8 would clean you out and become serious in dehydration) That evening before the procedure, drink 64 oz. of Gatorade with 1 bottle of Miralax. The Miralax moves things along in bulk and keeps you from getting electrolyte imbalance which is something you do not want to have happen.

When you go in for your procedure ask any questions you might have. The staff is there to make sure you are comfortable. You won't have time to be nervous since they will give you medication and you'll wake up and the procedure will be over. The doctor then tells you the results. I even have photos of mine should I need them in between - 10 yrs or so.

Now as to the sore do know that this is another procedure? On the other end? Whew! I had the endoscopy earlier in the month for chronic gastritis. The only advice I can give you is to expect mild discomfort that can be taken care of with a throat lozenge. It's not a big deal.

So now you've come to the right gal for your gastro questions. Best of luck and if I can do it then you'll be just fine. Ask any questions and breath deep.

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CAROLJEAN64 7/20/2013 1:14PM

    Wow... what a wonderful spokesperson for SP you are. As far as this test, the results for me far outweigh the inconvenience before hand. Plus, I guess I kind of liked the idea that I was "clean" stem to stern. I know that's odd!
Again with many of these tests, I believe that if I focus on the great information my docs are going to get, that I can live with a little time limited discomfort.

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ECOAGE 7/20/2013 11:06AM

    Bonnie, the whole idea scared me too. I delayed the colonoscopy procedure. I considered it my doc's happy birthday wish to all who turn 50. I finally did it. They removed some polyps and I had to go back for a second procedure after a few years. I got a clear bill of health --- it's worth getting the procedure because I got peace of mind knowing I am officially okay.

Agreement with all that was said here: it's not as bad as your imagination makes it. Follow the instructions carefully. You can eat more on prep day than I could if are willing to eat clear chicken broth and if you like green jello.

It's not laxative abuse if you are following orders for a medical procedure.

It is laxative abuse if someone uses laxatives as a weight loss technique and it's dangerous if someone uses large amounts of laxatives over an extended amount of time.

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NEWMEISHERE 7/20/2013 5:40AM

    wow what a great way to be able to spread the spark,and a fantastic compliment to boot emoticon
My father had both recently as he had bowel problems. The best advice i can offer you is reduce your meals 2-3 days ahead as someone already said,stay indoors as much as possible for the day you take the laxies,you may experince a small stomach cramping sensation because of taking the laxies as it forces your bowels to work harder than usual to expell the waste,drink loads and have some jelly's in the fridge for after.
Also if you are sore after the colonscopy have some vaseline on the ready.
Having said all that my father said he felt fine afterwards,said his throat felt a little scratchy and was just thirsty and wanting something to eat
Hope that helps a little for you
Good luck with it all,it doesn't last long

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  I've only the the endoscopy and I was sore throat. If anything it's the anesthesia that throws me for a loop. The other, I've managed to put off so far :) Congrats on good recognition from the docs!

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    Good luck, Bonnie. emoticon

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PATTIE441 7/19/2013 11:50PM

    Praying all goes well for you girl! And way to go on the referral! You rock!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/19/2013 11:00PM

    Hi Bonnie Dear.
I really didn't have any problems with the prep .. The liquid they gave me did the job, and I didn't feel anything at all when they put me under .. I recovered really well with no problems .. Really glad I have it done every 5 years.
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CHOCOHIPPO 7/19/2013 10:25PM

    The prep isn't fun - it's a lot to swallow, literally. The test itself is no big deal since they knock you out for it. I had no after effects except for being really hungry and no, my big breakfast I ate after didn't go through me. Good luck!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 7/19/2013 8:09PM

    The only tip I know from recent comments around me is that you get one pill, then some liquid too. The liquid isnt as much as it was, but still plenty. The suggestion here is chug the liquid quickly while its cool. No time to process. I was supposed to get one but ins wouldnt pay. But the prescription was for the pill and liquid.

One tip from an older man who has one regularly is to reduce your eating 2-3 days ahead. This will reduce the effects of purging.

Great job on the recommendation! and on the super compliment!

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L*I*T*A* 7/19/2013 6:39PM

    all the best with your tests........
blessings and hugs....lita

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AUNTB63 7/19/2013 5:49PM

    I only had a colonoscopy and the only thing that was slightly unpleasant was the day before prep. I followed (right down to the prescribed diet) instructions from the Dr. and everything went fine. No after effects. Was advised to eat a soft type meal after and than after a good nights sleep resume eating as normal. They even called me the next day to see how I was doing and if I had any problems. Worrying about the procedure will not change anything so please find something else to think of. This has been my fourth colonoscopy, as we had cancer in my immediate family.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/19/2013 5:40PM

    It's pretty much been said, but I would 2nd the idea of getting Some PrepH as it will help soothe.

AS for spreading the spark, well YOU GET THE SPARK OF THE DAY AWARD! Good job!

HUGS and try to relax.

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NEWCHINELO 7/19/2013 4:10PM

    no idea!

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1EMMA2011 7/19/2013 3:59PM

    My 17 year old daughter has A Schatzki ring or Schatzki-Gary ring - that is a narrowing of the lower part of the esophagus that can cause difficulty swallowing (dysphagia).

Every other year she has a procedure that stretches out her lower esophagus. It takes about 20 minutes in the doctor's office - well under anesthesia as an out patient. It takes all day of course to recover & we are so glad that he can help her with this - to live a normal life. She says it feels like she is swallowing things whole... and has she heartburn... that's how we know it's time to go have the procedure.

She's too young to be having this problem. My son says that she's lucky she is so young. In the future he thinks there will be medical advances to where she won't have to do this anymore.

Thanks for letting me share this! Glad to discuss it!!!

The way you are setting such an example for others is to be commended!

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NEW-CAZ 7/19/2013 3:58PM

    Good luck Bonnie emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 7/19/2013 3:58PM

    Good luck Bonnie emoticon

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DEEDEE1102 7/19/2013 2:55PM

    I had both procedures done a few years ago and the most unpleasant part is the day before, but I was able to sleep all night without being awoken to run to the bathroom.
When I woke up after the procedure they gave me crackers and juice, but I really wasn't that hungry. I was very tired, but determined to get home so I fought my need to sleep so I could fake that I was alert enough to get out of there.
I did not have a sore throat, and after crashing at home (still didn't eat) I woke up starved. I ate then and my system worked normally--meaning I did not get diarrhea! LOL
I know you will do well and the peace of mind you will get from getting it over with will be worth it! Don't cancel because your doctor will just hound you and that stress is so much worse than what you will go through.

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THOMS1 7/19/2013 1:49PM

    I wouldn't worry about the colonoscopy too much. There really is nothing to it. Good luck! emoticon

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2BEHEALTHY2014 7/19/2013 1:30PM

    Good luck!

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LIVEDAILY 7/19/2013 1:13PM

    Bonnie - the key to having a colonoscopy is to follow the dr's instructions EXACTLY. I was able to have clear fluids like water, chicken broth, tea (no milk) the day before taking the Dulcolax. There are other things they can have you do, but they aren't pleasant at all. I had to drink a gallon of stuff. Not fun. They knock you out for the procedure, and I made the drs and nurses laugh when they woke me up because I asked when they were going to start!! I was able to eat lightly the same day with no ill effects. I remember I had a good 2 hour nap that afternoon! It is a VERY good thing that you are having these procedures done, especially if there's a history of cancer in your family.

You did a good thing telling TWO people about Sparks!!

Try not to worry about it. Just follow the drs directions. If you have any other questions, write them down, and call them and ask. They sound like a good office, and I'm sure they will answer whatever questions you have.

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MARILYNROBERT 7/19/2013 12:55PM

    I had both done. My throat wasn't sore afterwards and also all the laxative effect was gone by the time I ate after the procedures so there was no problem with eating. Really, the worst part is the day before and all the purging. emoticon

Afterwards I felt just fine and like nothing had happened. Hope your experience goes as well as mine did.

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LOVESLIFE48 7/19/2013 12:51PM

    sorry, I can't help you. I have not had a colonoscopy yet. My dh has to have one on September. People who have had one says the worst part is the prep, not the actual procedure.

Good luck!! Mine I guess will be in 2 years, when I turn 50.

Have a nice weekend!!

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CBRINKLEY401 7/19/2013 12:48PM

    Good doctor visit. I'm glad you were able to help others find SP.
I too am overdue for my 50 year colonoscopy. It's on my list of things to do, but as you can tell, I haven't made it a high priority. Hope everything goes well.

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MAGGIE101857 7/19/2013 12:47PM

    I had it done about 10 years ago; I am due again I suppose. Back then, I was required to drink a very yucky drink mix; I don't remember what I mixed it with at the time. It was tough to get it down; but worse than that was I never left the bathroom the day before. It was not pleasant; PrepH becomes your new best friend.

That said, the procedure is simple and done before you know it. You will bounce back quickly from the prep work and hopefully you will have some answers. Don't cancel.... emoticon

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